The Only Mental Health Peer-Run Organization

in Santa Cruz, CA

Dignity


I don't want to be homeless anymore
It hurts my soul to the very core
I'm just like any other guy
and it's not my fault that rents are high.
I don't rob and I don't steal
and all I'm asking for is a fair deal-
a sturdy roof over my head-
to be dry and warm in a real bed
so I can get some sleep at night
and wake up rested with the morning light
instead of trying to find a safe place to camp
and trying to sleep when it's cold and damp.
I need a place where I can shower
and go to bed at a decent hour
a place where I can cook hot food
That would sure put me in a better mood.
I'm willing to work, full or part time
to earn a living because I'm not into crime.
i;m not lazy and don't call me crazy
I'm a human being just like you
and I have the same basic neds, too.
Don't look down on me because I'm poor.
I'm doing my best to endure.
I'm doing everything I can to cope.
I will never ever give up hope.
If you know someone who would hire me
that would do so much to inspire me
to help me reach my urgent goal-
a place of my own, to warm my soul.
by M.


Ward Life: Long Term Wards
by Mael Dinnell


A spoonful of coffee for a dollar
cadging cigarettes
institutional food
and waiting
waiting
waiting
waiting for meds
waiting for doctors
waiting for smoke breaks
for bedtime
for forced groups
most of all
waiting waiting waiting for
a visit from the outside for
someone
​who never comes